The Pirates are closing in on a deal to sign Masumi Kuwata. Kuwata, 38, is a veteran to the Japanese league. He has collected over 170 wins and will probably join the Pirates starting rotation in 2007. He also had a minor league offer from the Red Sox. The Yankees and 1B/OF Juan Miranda have agreed to a four year deal, worth about 2 million dollars. Miranda, 23, is projected to bat .280, with about 20 home runs.